Fiddle solo, unknown - piano, Decca 12158. Tom Ennis recorded Dwyer's as Eileen Curran, in the key of A minor; this recording is also on this site. Playing in A requires going up to high C, not impossible on the fiddle but tricky, so fiddle settings are in G minor instead, such as the one in O'Neill's, under the title the Sailor's Return. The label for this record actually listed the second tune as the "Star of Monster." Like the first tune it is more commonly heard in A minor. This is a lovely Sligo fiddle setting that blurs the line between G major and minor very expressively. It was also recorded by Coleman and Hugh Gillespie, and Michael Gorman plays both the A and G versions on the Sligo Champion 2CD set.
May 24, 2014 Subject:
G minor is the original key for the first reel. It's title was Lady Dalrymples's Strathspey by Robert MacIntosh c. 1793. It was later included in one of Gows's compilations c.1800 and later in both Kerr's Vol. 2 c. 1880 and in The Athole, 1884.
The strathspey setting is quite different but the structure is definitely the same as Sailor's Return. Like so many other reels that have strathspey origins we'll likely never know who was the creative Irish musician who transformed it.